Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Red Hot Right Now: Carbon Fiber Jewelry

Ultra Carbon Fiber Ring For Him or Her: The Ultimate in Modern Jewelry
Imagine wearing a unique piece of high-tech jewelry made with the same materials and technology used in the Stealth bomber and Formula 1 race cars.

Carbon Fiber!

For thousands of years merchants and traders have sought out jewelry made from the worlds' most exotic materials. Following this great tradition Ultra Carbon Fiber in association with Escapes Design introduces the worlds first jewelry made of 100% carbon fiber.


When you think of exotic materials, carbon fiber is near the top of anyone's list. Whether its being put to the test in the extreme coldness of outer space as seen in the Hubble space telescope or in the chassis of a Formula One race car at over 200 mph, carbon fiber is only used when extreme performance really counts.


Every piece of Ultra jewelry is manufactured with aerospace grade prepreg (dry) carbon fiber. We cure all of our rings under extreme heat and autoclave pressure to produce a very high quality lamination. This helps us achieve the best strength to weight ratio possible.

Our rings are stiffer and lighter than similar rings made from titanium. These rings are so light weight you won't even notice you're wearing it, but other people sure will. Our smallest ring (size 7) weighs in at only a single gram and our largest ring (size 12.5) weighs in at 2 grams!
Our carbon fiber bracelets weigh in at only six grams. With 5 ring styles in seven standard sizes to choose from and the option to custom make rings to your size, you will be sure to find a size to fit you.

We also have an outstanding cuff bracelet design.

And now you can add a splash of color! Your choice of blue or red color pigment is added to the coating for that extra special cool effect. The color is subtle in normal lighting conditions, but in natural light, the colors will shimmer through, and play in the carbon fiber weave.

Each piece of jewelry is hand contoured and finished to achieve an incredible glossy finish. After finishing each piece of jewelry is specially coated and processed to toughen the ring surface and protect the wearer from carbon splinters. This also protects the wearer from having carbon dust rubbing off on the skin.

All Ultra jewelry is guaranteed for one year from date of purchase not to have any manufacturing defects.

Click here to see:Carbon Fiber Rings or Carbon Fiber Cuff Bracelet


Monday, November 13, 2006

HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR JEWELRY


Your Jewelry is an extension of you. And because it lives life along with you, life will leave its mark on it.

To help your special pieces last longer and look their best, we offer the following tips on how to care for your jewelry.

Remember, if you take care of your jewerly and keep it looking great, it will keep making you looking great in turn!

CARING FOR YOUR STAINLESS STEEL JEWELRY

One of the greatest features of stainless steel is the ease with which its appearance can be maintained.

To restore its gleam, clean your stainless steel items in warm soapy water, using a mild soap or detergent, and a clean cloth. Rinse and wipe dry using a soft cloth. Window cleaner is a great product to remove sticky, greasy, fingerprints.

DO NOT use steel wool pads or abrasive cleaners to remove tough stains or dirt. Stainless steel has natural protective film over it, which is produced during the manufacturing process. This film shields stainless steel against corrosion, and abrasive cleaners could scratch and remove this protective film from the metal.

CARING FOR YOUR CARBON FIBER JEWELRY:

Clean your carbon fiber items in warm soapy water, using a mild soap or detergent, and a clean cloth. Rinse and wipe dry using a soft cloth.

GOLD

Gold is a non-corrosive, very dense (heavier than lead) but highly malleable metal. Gold is alloyed with other metals to increase its strength, which also affects its color.

The fineness of gold is based on the percentage of pure gold contained in the alloy, for example: 18K gold is equivalent to 18/24ths of fine gold (or 750/1000ths).

The colors of gold:

Gold comes in different colors, depending on the percentages of alloys used.

Yellow: 750/1000 fine cold plus fine silver and copper
White Gold: 750/1000 fine gold plus palladium based alloy
Pink Gold: 750/1000 fine gold plus copper and silver (with more copper than silver)

Rhodium plating gives gold a unique brilliance and luminosity

To care for your gold pieces, clean them in soapy water or alcohol. In the case of gold jewelry set with stones, follow the specific care for the stones.

PLATINUM:

Platinum has a finesse of 950/1000.

Clean platinum in soapy water or alcohol. In the case of platinum items set with stones, follow the specific care for the stones. In the case of items combining platinum and carbon fiber, follow the care instructions for carbon fiber.

STERLING SILVER:

Silver possesses qualities similar to gold but achieves more brilliance than other metals. Silver is a very pliable metal, therefore, to make it "hard" enough for jewelry, a stronger metal, copper, is alloyed with pure (999 fineness) silver. For centuries, the standard for Sterling Silver has been 925: 92.5% silver, 7.5% copper.

With proper care, your silver accessories will last a lifetime. Although wearing your silver jewelry is the best way to prevent tarnish building (a natural occurrence when silver reacts with sulphur or hydrogen sulphide in the air), caring and cleaning your silver jewelry is simple and easy.

To clean your sterling silver jewelry, use polishes formulated specifically to remove tarnish. You can find fine silver polishes, solutions, or cloths appropriate to remove tarnish at most hardware stores or specialty craft stores.

Avoid exposing your silver to household chemicals when cleaning with bleach or ammonia, or wearing in chlorinated water, such as swimming pools. These chemicals can damage silver.

GLASS JEWELRY:

Treat your glass jewelry item with care, as you would any other jewelry item.

Your new jewelry item is glass, therefore, it goes without saying that you should avoid excessive impact against hard surfaces, or extreme temperature changes, which could chip and crack your glass accessory. It's best to avoid wearing your jewelry when engaging in any sort of activity that might expose it to risks and impacts.

Even glass scratches, so avoid contact with any abrasive surfaces. Your glass jewelry should be also worn and stored separately. Never store your jewelry in piles or stacks. Store those items that may be vulnerable to such abrasions in separate sections of a jewelry box, or wrap them separately in velvet, paper or silk.

Although it is easy to wash, it's best to avoid exposing your glass jewelry to harsh chemicals and products, such as hair spray, perfumes, cosmetics, and household cleaners, to name a few.

Glass rings crack when forced on too tightly. For that reason, we don't warrant glass rings, and request that you be particularly generous when choosing your ring size.

Dust, sweat, and everyday wear may affect and dull the appearance and brilliance of your new glass accessory.

The safest and simplest method to nicely clean up your new glass item is soap and water. Use a mild, warm, soapy water solution and a soft brush, then pat dry with a soft cloth.

Caring for your new glass jewelry item should be simple. Just treat your jewelry kindly and use common sense, and you should enjoy wearing your new glass accessory for years to come!

STORING YOUR JEWELRY:

Minimize scratches and other damage to all your jewelry by storing it either individually in cloth pouches or in separate compartments in your jewelry box. Exposure to air brings oxidation which results in tarnish on your silver. In order to minimize tarnish, wrap your silver in acid-free tissue paper and store in an airtight container such as a polyethylene zip-top bag.

All the above are recommendations for caring for your items, as such, Escapes cannot be held responsible for any damage caused during the course of your care applied to your items.


Thursday, November 09, 2006

New Stainless Steel & Concrete Collection

New Stainless Steel and Concrete Collection
We are very excited at Escapes Design to introduce a brand new collection: the Stainless Steel and Concrete Collection.

The combination of the stainless and the concrete make this some of the most contemporary and fabuloously unique jewelry you will find anywhere.

The collection includes rings, cuff bracelets, pendants, and earrings.

Whether you are looking for that perfect accessory for yourself, or the perfect gift for a loved one, you cannot go wrong with a piece from this collection.

Click here to shop the new collection, or click on the images below to take you directly to each collection.




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Welcome to the Escapes Design Blog

Welcome to the Escapes Design Blog!

The Escapes Design website is a true shopping haven in your own home. Here you get to browse though our vast collections of the latest in modern and contemporary jewelry.

Escapes Design is dedicated to bringing to you fun, fabulous and unique accessories. Each piece is specifically selected to contribute to the collections. And now, in continuing to be true to our motto and effort to be on the cutting edge of fashion jewelry, fresh and up to date, we are very excited to launch the Escapes Design Blog.

If the Escapes Design jewelry web site is your one stop shopping experience, the Escapes Design Blog is your jewelry information destination. It's updated weekly, and even daily, and covers the information side of shopping and jewelry.

The Escapes blog is the place to introduce all our new fabulous new pieces as soon as they are added to our web site. It's a place where we can provide additional information on why we have added that piece or collection and what makes it a great addition.

The blog also contributes to your personal shopping experience by providing you with all the information relevant to shopping for the jewelry on our web site and general tidbits of jewelry knowledge. For example, how to get sized for a ring? Do you love the stainless steel and colored enamel collections and have picked out the perfect pair of earrings, pendant, ring or cufflinks? Then find out what the color you pick says about you!

Congratulations! You are getting married! Are you browsing though our collections looking for the perfect engagement ring? Interested in finding out more about our diamonds, or our tension settings? Our blog is the ideal place to find out all about diamonds, and even the technical information on how diamonds are tension set. Find out all about the history of the wedding band as well.

Have you checked out our Carbon Fiber Collections ? Aren't the carbon fiber rings just amazingly unique? Do you know about the history of carbon fiber? What to find out? Well, that's what the blog is here for! We also have all sorts of fun and interesting facts and trivia on titanium, tungsten and stainless steel, all of which are part of our collections.

So, take a break, do a little shopping for yourself or a loved one at our Escapes Design Web site, and have fun browsing through all the informative tid bits we have gathered on our Escapes Blog to add to your shopping experience.

Meanwhile, we'll keep finding the most incredible jewelry pieces for our shoppers at escapesdesign.com , and little nuggets of knowledge and information for everyone at our Escapes Design Blog.

Thanks for the visit, and happy shopping!



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Escapes Design:

Escapes Design is an internet retailer, manufacturer and designer, serving customers in the U.S., Canada, and International markets. The merchandise found at Escapes Design includes an extensive collection of jewelry accessories.

Motivated by years of experience in the fields of art, design, and marketing, the creators founded Escapes to succeed in the challenge of building a new name in luxury, jewelry, and accessories.

The essence of Escapes takes its origins from the love of modern design. Motivated by this love, Escapes has created a collection of contemporary names and materials in jewelry and accessories design.

By fusing the traditional approach to jewelry craftsmanship with innovation in approach to design and materials, Escapes aims to distinguish itself as the new place where the values of creativity and design strive. Our conviction is that high quality and beauty have a place in every day life, and can enhance personal style.

Whether by exploring new designers, or those special, innovative items that will enhance our Collections, Escapes aims to add to our customer's shopping experience through design. Above all, we aim to provide the level of customer service that ensures a superior shopping experience with us.

Collections
In our collections, you will find contemporary approaches to jewelry making in rings (from fashion rings, to diamond engagement rings, to wedding bands) , bracelets, pendants, earrings, and cufflinks by fusing the modern with precious and non-precious materials. In our collections, you will find stunning pieces combining gold, silver, platinum, diamonds, rubies and sapphires, with non-traditional materials, such as carbon fiber, stainless steel, and concrete.

Carbon Fiber
Carbon is the most common chemical element found freely in nature. Plants and most natural organisms consist of carbon, with graphite being on of the softest know material forms of carbon, and diamond being one of the hardest forms.

In the 1900s a new group of materials called composites appeared. Carbon fiber is one of the latest reinforcement materials used in composites. The combination of carbon and other elements produces an extremely light, extremely strong compound called "carbon fiber", which consists of microscopic fibers made up of the same compound wound tightly together and then held there with a very strong adhesive.

This high-tech material is extremely lightweight, yet incredibly strong. It provides optimum structural properties, which make it better than most metals, and stronger and lighter than steel for many applications. Carbon fiber can be found in many applications today, including the Stealth bomber and Formula 1 race cars, and in construction.

Today, carbon fiber has been developed for use in the aeronautical and space industry technologies, where stringent and sophisticated requirements are inherent, such as the Stealth bomber, satellites, the Space Station, rocket motor casings. It can also be found in everyday articles and purposes where extraordinary high performance was needed, such as Formula One race cars, sports equipment, boats etc. It also has application in medicine, and is used in artificial human body parts.

Escapes Design is proud to feature designs made with this high tech, ultra modern material. In addition to its superior strength and durability properties, the spun carbon fiber material also has an attractive weave pattern design.

Stainless Steel
In 1912, during World War I, English metallurgist Harry Brearly was searching for an alloy that would prevent erosion and protect cannon bores. He discovered that when chromium was added to low carbon steel, the steel became resistant to staining.

The characteristics and benefits of stainless steel and many and diverse: it has unique and exceptional corrosion resisting properties and allows stainless steel to last for a long time; has high fire and heat resistance which allow it to retain its strength at high temperatures; it requires less maintenance, and is easy to clean, making it ideal in strict hygiene controlled areas such as hospitals and kitchens.

Aesthetically, it is also very pleasing. It has a deep, medium to dark gray color to it, and when polished, the surface has a mirror like shine to it. This bright, easily maintained surface of stainless steel provides a modern and attractive appearance in numerous applications.

Since the early 1900's, stainless steel, in one form or another, is found in our daily lives, from aircraft engines during World War I, to cutlery in the 1920's and construction in the 1930's. Such notable buildings which incorporated the use of stainless steel were the Chrysler Building in 1930, and the Empire State Building in 1931

The many unique characteristics of stainless steel have been discovered by architects, engineers, artists, designers, metal smiths, and jewelers all over the world. Its longevity, light weight, strength, flexibility, easy maintenance, resistance to staining, corrosion, tarnish and oxidization has made it the material of choice for buildings, furniture, appliances, design, and, yes, accessories and jewelry.

We at Escapes are proud to feature contemporary designs in this most unique material, merging material and design in beautiful jewelry you will be proud to wear for years to come.

Glass Jewelry - Murano - Venetian - Made in Italy
Each glass jewelry item in our Glass Collection is handmade in Italy and created with Murano and Venetian glass and glass beads.

Where are they made:
Our beautiful glass items are made in Venice and Murano, Italy. Murano is actually one of a group of islands located North West of the city of Venice, Italy, which enjoys world wide fame and recognition for their glass art. Today the island is home to about 5000 Muranese, half of which work in the glass industry

Brief History:
The history of glass making in the area is believed to date back to the 8th century. In 1291, the Venetian Republic ordered glass makers to move their foundries to the island of Murano because the glassworks represented a fire danger in Venice. Politically, this consolidation favored the government by virtually isolating the very profitable glassmaking community and allowing the government to better oversee and manage the industry.

The industry was therefore concentrated in the island and glassmakers there became the leading citizens. Their prestige came at a price however: glassmakers were not permitted to leave the Republic, and heavy sentences were laid on those revealing secrets. This was the government's means of protecting the secrets and safeguarding the glass making techniques held by this very profitable monopoly.

Today, Murano continues to be a center of glass making and exporting. The style and artistry of their glass has maintained its value and their masters maintain their reputations throughout the world.

Quality:
Each piece is handworked, or blown by a human working in the furnaces in Murano.

Small bubbles that appear are a natural part of the glassblowing process. They are not flaws, rather contribute to the uniqueness of a piece.

Because they are handmade and not machine made there will appear slight variances, such as shape and size. No two items will ever be exactly the same. That's why the item you order will not appear exactly as pictured.

Glass Terms:

Lampwork
Lumè in Italian, it means that the beads were hand-worked over a natural gas flame which generates enough heat to melt the glass.

Avventurina
A process accidentally discovered and developed for glass use in Murano in the early 17th century. The avventurina (Avventuria in italian) gives a swirling iridescent and glittering copper and gold effect to the glass. The glass is crystallized from the melted mixture of transparent colorless glass with cuprous oxide and iron and lead oxides. The result is a shimmery, metallic look.

Gold and Silver Foil
Small squares of tissue thin 24kt gold foil and .925 sterling silver foil are used. A final coat of clear or translucent glass is layered over the gold and silver foil. Since the gold and silver are covered, they will not peel or chip away.


So, we invite you to escape for a while into Escapes Design, where we are sure you will find something fun, something special, or something unique to express your own personal style or enhance a special occasion.

Escapes will continue to transform itself, and we will continue to add to our Collections, so please keep us in mind as your source for unique items.

Thank you for choosing Escapes Design!

The Escapes Design Team